'Diet' avocados are apparently now a thing

13th Oct 17 | Lifestyle

This one is squarely aimed at millennials.

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If the headlines are to be believed, all millennials ever eat is avocado on toast – so perhaps it’s little wonder a ‘low-fat’ version of the green fruit has now been released.

Why is this even a thing?

Avocados may be delicious and mega-healthy, but their fat and calorie content is sometimes brought to attention.

Bear in mind that avocados vary hugely in size, but an average 100 gram serving of avocado contains 167 calories and 15 grams of fat. To put this into perspective, the NHS recommends that your total daily intake of fat should be less than 70g – so technically, an avocado might contain more than 20% of your RDA of fat.

For some people, this is less than ideal. Of course, plenty of proper, well-qualified healthy-eating experts will tell you that it’s not all about calories and fat – not to mention the fact that avocados contain ‘good’ fats that offer lots of health benefits (so you can’t just compare them with unhealthy fatty foods, it simply isn’t the same thing).

However, this avocado seller spotted a gap in the market.

‘30% less fat’

The product has been released by Spanish brand Isla Bonita, and their new avocados claim to have have ‘30% less fat’ than other average avos on the market. The product is called Aguacate Light and is apparently intended more for smoothies, cocktails and soups, rather than your classic avocado on toast. This is because it is said to have a mild taste and a juicier, lighter pulp than normal.

The idea of a ‘light’ fruit does seem a bit odd – that’s a label that’s normally reserved for things like yoghurts and soft drinks. The avocados aren’t injected with loads of chemicals to make them lower in fat: instead, Isla Bonita has tested avocados from all over the world to find the type that naturally has the least calories.

Ramón Rey, director of the International and Marketing area of Isla Bonita, told Fresh Plaza: “Light avocados are naturally grown in very specific climates of certain tropical areas, close to Ecuador, in Central America and in South America.”

This meant that “it is necessary to conduct very rigorous, meticulous research and have a lot of patience and perseverance” in finding the right type.

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These lighter avocados will be available all-year round, but unfortunately you’ll only be able to get them in Spanish supermarkets for now.

Looks like it’ll be full-fat avos for us when Saturday brunch rolls around.

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